KCA Reliability Trial

The traditional end of season inter-club friendly competition for the KCA ROOTES Trophy

How the KCA Reliability Trial event works

The event is an inter-club friendly competition and all KCA affiliated clubs are eligible to take part. Each club aims to gain as many points as possible. Points are gained by each rider in the club who completes the route within the allocated time. The number of points is based on the length of the route ridden as follows:

Photo: KCA Reliability Trial 2021 – Hythe CC

The event is an inter-club friendly competition and all KCA affiliated clubs are eligible to take part. Each club aims to gain as many points as possible. Points are gained by each rider in the club who completes the route within the allocated time. The number of points is based on the length of the route ridden as follows:


100 mile within 7 hours = 4 points

100km within 5 hours = 2 points

50km within 3 hours = 1 point

Photo: KCA Reliability Trial 2021 – San Fairy Ann CC
Photo: KCA Reliability Trial 2021 – Hythe CC

Riders work together in their club groups to support each other in achieving the distance in the allocated time. In this respect the ride is analogous to a club run. Clubs are expected to apply all the usual club run safety considerations and insurance arrangements that they would on any club run.

New routes & format

Start your ride at any point on the course, ideally try to record with STRAVA ensure your group leader records the activity with a photo!

Please try to record with STRAVA or ensure your group leader records the activity with a photo.

Route One – 50 km

Distance: 50km – 31mi

Elevation: 260 mtrs – 1083 ft

Time limit: 3 hrs (Elapsed)

Club points: 1 (one)

https://ridewithgps.com/events/161929-2021-kent-reliability-trial

Route Two – 100 km

Distance: 100km – 62mi

Elevation: 519 mtrs – 1702 ft

Time limit: 5 hrs (Elapsed)

Club points: 2 (two)

https://ridewithgps.com/events/161929-2021-kent-reliability-trial

Route Three – 100 miles

Distance: 160km – 100 mi

Elevation: 705 mtrs – 2312 ft

Time limit: 7 hrs (Elapsed)

Club points: 4 (four)

https://ridewithgps.com/events/161929-2021-kent-reliability-trial

If you ride an e-bike you are welcome to enter the event – points for e-bikes are reduced by 50%

Getting your club involved in the KCA Reliability Trial

  1. If your club is affiliated to the Kent Cycling Association (KCA) then your club is eligible to take part.
  2. All paid up members of your club are eligible to ride the event for your club and gain points.
  3. Please register your club’s involvement by emailing the event organisers
  4. Publicise and communicate the ride within your club and form yourselves into appropriate teams based on start location and ability of your riders to complete the distance in the allocated time.
  5. We are asking each club to collect their entries together and pay them as a lump sum after the event to the KCA treasurer.
  6. The entry fee for the event is £3.75. This will be used for any expenses incurred in running the event (which are expected to be minimal) all the surplus will be donated to the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance by the KCA.
  7. Apply all the controls, management and communication you would on your club runs.
  8. After the event send the records of your rides (Strava Recommended) to the event organisers so that your clubs points can be allocated.
Photo: KCA Reliability Trial 2021 – 7Oaks Tri

Riding the KCA Reliability Trial (on the day)

  1. Each rider is responsible for their own safety, following all rules of the road including the highway code.
  2. Please think about sustainability when planning your ride. If you do need to park a car please think about how to minimise the impact of doing so.
  3. All riders must be a member of a KCA affiliated club and be riding for their club following the club’s club run protocols.
  4. Riders using tandems or similar are considered for all aspects of their ride as individuals. This means a tandem pair would be two entries, two rides, two sets of points.
  5. We would like the ride to be as inclusive as possible so looking to allow any cycle legal on the road to ride the event.
  6. Points are gained for your club by riding one of the prescribed courses within the time limit.
  7. The courses can be started at any point along the course. The finish point must always be exactly the same point as the start point.
  8. It is preferred that:
    • all riders record their ride on a GPS
    • join the KCA Strava group and upload their ride to Strava https://www.strava.com/clubs/KentCyclingAssociation
    • Riders may also join a group which is recorded in this way and rely on a fellow rider’s record.
    • Riders and clubs can also self certify, the details of how to do this are on the website.
  9. Points and time limits are as follows:
    • 50 km – 3 hours – 1 point
    • 100 km – 5 hours – 2 points
    • 100 miles – 7 hours – 4 points
  10. E-bike Points and time limits are as follows:
    • 50 km – 3 hours – 0.5 point
    • 100 km – 5 hours – 1 points
    • 100 miles – 7 hours – 2 points
Photo: KCA Reliability Trial 2021 – Thanet RC